Mount Everest. Pic: AP.

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Family members, mountaineers and government officials gathered in Nepal’s capital for a memorial service for the 16 Nepalese Sherpa guides killed in avalanche on Mount Everest.

They offered flower garlands and lit candles and incense in front of the photographs of the 16 Sherpa guides who died in the April 18 avalanche.

Wednesday marked 13 days since the deaths, the customary end of mourning and the day when Nepalis generally hold memorials.

While 13 bodies have been recovered, the three others are buried under heavy snow and ice.

The avalanche was the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest mountain.

It prompted many Sherpas and expedition teams to leave, all but ending the climbing season.

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